Leeds Castle’s Medieval Jousting Tournament: England vs France!


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Witness the ultimate battle of ancient combat skills at Leeds Castle’s Medieval Jousting Tournament from 25th – 27th May 2019.

Step back in time and gather around Leeds Castle’s Combat Arena this May Bank Holiday to experience the drama of real medieval rivalry. Competing over three days for the coveted Leeds Castle International Cup, see armoured knights and jousters from both England and France battle it out for victory at this year’s authentic jousting competition. Who will you support?

With mighty clashes and thrilling entertainment for all ages, spectators can see an incredible display of armour up close as knights take to their steeds for a shield-splintering display of strength, courage and horsemanship. Enjoy plenty of further entertainment throughout the day, including family-friendly games and a chance to witness archery and mighty medieval trebuchet shooting into the moat.

See the squires arm the English and French knights, displaying feats of intense strength and skill, before they begin their tournament. Competing in a team of five, the skilled fighters from France will battle against five brave competitors from England – each with their very own horse and precious armour. Points for the winners will be accumulated across all three days, with the Cup being awarded to the highest scoring team. The entire tournament will consist of four completely authentic challenges and events: Foot Combat with Sword, Mounted Skill at Arms, The Mounted Melee, and the Joust.

To get the most out of the event, be sure to check out Leeds Castle’s Jousting page here to discover who will be competing over the weekend. Hedge your bets against which Knight will demonstrate the most strength and skill; read the full profiles for each horse taking part; and understand in detail how the tournament will be fairly and historically judged by reading the ‘Jousting Rules’.

The Grand Medieval Joust is included in the price of admission to Leeds Castle. Also included with your ticket is the annual Motors by the Moat, Festival of Flowers, and the special Carnival of History in celebration of the Castle’s 900th anniversary.

Leeds Castle in Kent has plenty to offer families all-year-round. Take a stroll through parkland and formal gardens, get lost in the spiralling yew-tree maze, play a game at the NEW Adventure Golf, witness breath-taking falconry displays and go punting around the moat. Admission tickets are valid for 12 months so you can pay once and visit all year round. Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 just one hour from London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the Castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 4.30pm and gates close at 6pm from April to September. Find out more here www.leeds-castle.com.

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